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• Nascar has signed a deal to acquire International Speedway Corp. in a transaction valued at $2 billon. ISC owns and operates venues including Talladega Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, Kansas Speedway, ISM Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Darlington Raceway, and Watkins Glen International.

ISC also owns Motor Racing Network, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; and Americrown, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions.

• FIFA has postponed plans to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams for the 2022 event in Qatar. The plan is still being considered for the 2026 World Cup, which will be staged in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. According to FIFA, “(There was not enough) time for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact.” The World Cup is scheduled for Nov. 21-Dec. 18, 2022.

• The NFL and NFL Players Association have unveiled two joint agreements that are intended to “support further resources directed to address pain management and behavioral health.” Full story here.

• Stating that “we are continually seeking opportunities to evolve our product offerings,’ Kohl’s has signed an exclusive long-term alliance with Fanatics, a global leader in licensed sports merchandise with the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items.” Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

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Luka Dončić, Trae Young Head NBA All-Rookie Team
Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young have been unanimously selected to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Dončić and Young both received NBA All-Rookie First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 200 points each.  They are joined on the NBA All-Rookie First Team by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (195 points; 95 First Team votes), Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. (159 points; 60 First Team votes) and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (156 points; 56 First Team votes).

The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team includes LA Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (138 points), Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (132), Clippers guard Landry Shamet (85), New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (77) and Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (45).

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Weekend Box Office May 17-19
1. John Wick 3 $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame $29.4M
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey $8M
5. The Hustle $6M
6. The Intruder $4M
7. Long Shot $3.4M
8,. The Sun Is Also A Star $2.6M
9. Poms $2M
10. Uglydolls $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr112017

Led By Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, MLB Teams Average Record $1.5B In Value

By Barry Janoff

April 11, 2017: Stating that "long gone are the days when MLB was replete with teams bleeding cash," a new report reveals that the average value of MLB’s 30 teams has topped a record $1.53 billion, driven by "new local television deals that are increasing at roughly a two-fold rate, as well as surge in profitability."

MLB was led by the New York Yankees, valued at $3.7 billion (up 9% versus 2016), a spot the franchise has now had for 20 consecutive seasons, according to the 20th annual Baseball Team Values from Forbes.

The Top Five also includes the Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.75 billion, up 10%), Boston Red Sox ($2.7 billion, up 17%), World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.67 billion, up 22%) and the San Francisco Giants ($2.65 billion, up 18%).

The Top Ten also includes the New York Mets ($2 billion, up 21%), St. Louis Cardinals ($1.8 billion) up 12%), Los Angeles Angels ($1.75 billion, up 31%), Philadelphia Phillies ($1.65 billion, up 34%) and the Washington Nationals ($1.6 billion, up 23%).

The Toronto Blue Jays (No. 16) moved up six spots from last year, with a valuation of $1.3 billion, a 44% increase from 2016.

At the low end were seven franchises Forbes valued below $1 billion, including the AL champion Cleveland Indians ($920 million), Cincinnati Reds ($915 million), Oakland A's ($880 million) and the Tampa Bay Rays ($825 million).

It certainly pays to have Theo Epstein as a GM/president — the Red Sox (2002-2011) and Cubs (2012-present) are both among the Top 4 MLB teams in value. Just as it pays to win the World Series, with only the Kansas City Royals not among the Top 10 highest valued teams to have won a championship since 2006.

The MLB average value of teams was second behind the NFL ($2.39 billion) but ahead of the top 20 teams worldwide in soccer ($1.49 billion), the NBA ($1.36 billion) and the NHL ($517 million).

MLB’s rise in value was also reflected in the 2017 Fan Loyalty Index from Brand Keys, NY, which showed that MLB for the first time in a decade passed the NFL as No. 1 among fans

According to Forbes, "Values were driven higher by new local television deals that are increasing at roughly a two-fold rate, as well as surge in profitability."
 
"During the past (few) years, the average MLB team has increased in value at an 11.5% rate unlike, say, 15 years ago when as many as a third of the teams were losing money on an operating basis," Mike Ozanian, assistant managing editor for Forbes, said in a statement. "There are a few teams losing money today, which is a big reason why values have increased."

In 2016, MLB’s 30 teams posted a record average operating income of $34 million, 52% more than the 2015 season, which was the previous record.

The Dodgers had the highest Opening Day payroll this season at $225.6 million, according to Forbes.

They were followed by the Detroit Tigers ($199.98 million), the Yankees ($195.3 million), Giants ($181.5 million), Red Sox ($178.8 million) and the Cubs ($176.8 million).

At the other end of the roster, the five teams with the lowest Opening Day payrolls were the Pittsburgh Pirates ($91.5 million), Oakland A’s ($81.7 million), Tampa Bay Rays ($71.4 million), San Diego Padres ($61.4 million) and the Milwaukee Brewers ($60.8 million).

The average MLB Opening Day payroll was $135.5 million, according to Forbes.

Adding to MLB’s profit status, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, equally owned by each of MLB’s 30 teams, is worth approximately $15.5 billion, which includes its BAMTech division, valued at some $3.5 billion.

Baseball’s stakes in BAMTech and MLBAM could contribute between $400 million-$500 million in value to each of baseball’s 30 teams, per Forbes.

MLB Team Values
1.  New York Yankees $3.7B
2.  Los Angeles Dodgers $2.75B
3.  Boston Red Sox $2.7B
4.  Chicago Cubs $2.68B
5. San Francisco Giants $2.65B
6.  New York Mets $2B
7.  St. Louis Cardinals $1.8B
8. Los Angeles Angels $1.75B
9. Philadelphia Phillies $1.65B
10. Washington Nationals  $1.6B
11. Texas Rangers $1.55B
12. Atlanta Braves $1.5B
13. Houston Astros $1.45B
14. Seattle Mariners $1.4B
15. Chicago White Sox $1.35B
16. Toronto Blue Jays $1.3B
17. Pittsburgh Pirates $1.25B
18. Detroit Tigers $1.2B
19. Baltimore Orioles $1.18B
20. Arizona Diamondbacks $1.15B
21. San Diego Padres $1.13B
22. Minnesota Twins $1.03B
23. Colorado Rockies $1B
24. Kansas City Royals $950M
25. Miami Marlins $940M
26. Milwaukee Brewers $925M
27. Cleveland Indians $920M
28. Cincinnati Reds $915M
29. Oakland A’s $880M
30. Tampa Bay Rays $825M
SOURCE: FORBES

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